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 Post subject: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:20 pm 
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I was just wondering if anyone knew of any concert band pieces that have a contrabassoon part in them. I have the privilege of going to a school that owns a contrabassoon, and being their Symphonic Band's resident contrabassoonist. The only problem is that most pieces don't have contrabassoon in them. It would certainly help if they were easily obtainable, too. Any information will help.

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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:11 pm 
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Does your school operate an intermediate/advanced level band, or is it more 'expert level'?
Intermediate/advanced band music will very, very rarely have parts for more obscure instruments (Like the Contrabassoon), for the simple reason that the music is meant for schools, and most schools don't have Contrabassoons of Ophicleides.

However, it shouldn't be that difficult to mash something together using the Tuba, Bassoon and other common low-instrument parts, if you really need it.

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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
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I go to a high school of the arts, and it's apparantly the 2nd best in the country (for arts), so it's pretty advanced. We don't need any pieces with contrabassoon, but it would be nice to have one.

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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:16 pm 
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Maybe you can just read off the bassoon part so you'll just be playing an octave lower?


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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:17 pm 
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wozzarelli wrote:
Maybe you can just read off the bassoon part so you'll just be playing an octave lower?

I don't think my band director would let me do that.

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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:45 pm 
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portal1920 wrote:
wozzarelli wrote:
Maybe you can just read off the bassoon part so you'll just be playing an octave lower?

I don't think my band director would let me do that.


How come? It depends on how exposed the part is, I suppose.

Another suggestion- you could double bass trombone if there's a part for that?


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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
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portal1920 wrote:
I go to a high school of the arts, and it's apparantly the 2nd best in the country (for arts), so it's pretty advanced. We don't need any pieces with contrabassoon, but it would be nice to have one.

In that case, I suggest for you to mash up a part using existing low-brass and low-woodwind parts. Your director will probably appreciate that! :D
For example, use Tuba or B. Trombone for the main accompaniment (vary it up a bit), and add in some of the necessary bassoon parts. It's also good idea to do a bit of improv of your own.

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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:07 pm 
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Donald Hunsberger's transcriptions of Holst's "The Planets" has some pretty exposed contrabassoon parts. Also, nearly everything by Karel Husa for wind ensemble has great contrabassoon parts. David Maslanka's music also has an affinity for the low instruments: bass saxophone, contrabassoon, contrabass clarinet. These are just the first few that come to mind. There are thousands and thousands of pieces with contrabassoon. If I think of more, I'll post here.

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 Post subject: Re: Concert Band Pieces with Contrabassoon
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:48 pm 
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I feel I should clarify; if there's no contrabassoon part, I play bassoon, so I'm not not (double negative :shock:) playing if there's no contrabassoon part.

The Fool on the Hill wrote:
Donald Hunsberger's transcriptions of Holst's "The Planets" has some pretty exposed contrabassoon parts. Also, nearly everything by Karel Husa for wind ensemble has great contrabassoon parts. David Maslanka's music also has an affinity for the low instruments: bass saxophone, contrabassoon, contrabass clarinet. These are just the first few that come to mind. There are thousands and thousands of pieces with contrabassoon. If I think of more, I'll post here.

This helped a lot. Thanks!

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